IP Network Cameras are designed to work in a Local Area Network (LAN) and over the Internet. Within a LAN, IP Network Cameras allow for motoring local to the computer network to which the cameras are attached to. With additional configuration of your computer network you have the ability to allow for your IP Network Camera to be monitored not only locally but remotely as well using the Internet. For advice on how to configure your network to allow for your camera to work over the Internet please follow this guide.

Configuration - Local Access
Before you are able to configure your camera to work over the Internet we suggest configuring the camera for local access first. Please refer to the technical documentation that came with your camera for proper instructions on initial configuration of your camera. Once the camera has been configured for local access you are then ready to start configuration for remote access to the camera over the Internet.

Configuration - Remote Access
Before you proceed to configure your local network to allow your camera to be monitored from a remote location, we suggest that you contact your network administrator to ensure you have the proper authority to configure remote access to the camera. Once you have consulted with your network administrator you may proceed to configure remote access to the camera.

In order to configure your camera to work over the Internet you will need to configure what is called Port Forwarding. Port Forwarding allows for you to access the camera from a remote location by forwarding the network ports used by the camera onto the Internet. These ports are usually forwarded by accessing your network's router and configuring the router to forward the ports used by the camera. For details as to what ports will be required for forwarding for your IP Network Camera, please consult the manufacturer of your camera. For additional information beyond this guide regarding Port Forwarding, please visit where you will be able to find step by step guides on Port Forwarding specific to different models of routers.

Step 1 - Obtain IP Address Information
In order to access your network's router for configuration of port forwarding you will require the IP Address of the router to which the camera is connected to. You can obtain this IP Address information by consulting with the network administrator of your network or by opening up a Command Prompt within Windows and entering in the "ipconfig /all" command. To open a command prompt window you will need to click on the Window's Start button and then proceed to click on Run. Now you will enter in "cmd" and click on "Ok" to proceed.

Fig. 1 - Accessing Windows Command Prompt

Once you have displayed the IP Configuration for your computer using the "ipconfig /all" command, you will then be able to record the IP Address for your router. You will need this IP Address in order to access your router for configuring Port Forwarding. Your network router's IP Address will be displayed as the Default Gateway. In Fig. 2 below the router's IP Address is

Fig. 2 - "IPCONFIG" Command

Step 2 - Accessing your Network's Router
Now that you have obtained the IP Address for your network's router you will then need to proceed to access your router by typing in the router's IP Address in a web browser. Figure 3 below shows that the router in this example was accessed via Internet Explorer by typing in the IP Address of in the Address Bar.

Fig. 3 - Accessing your Network Router

Step 3 - Configuring Port Forwarding on your Router
Now that you have access to the network router you will then need to proceed to browse to the configuration section on the router where port forwarding is to take place. Please consult with the manufacturer of your router for details as to where this section is. You may also review the website where you will find detailed guides that are specific to different kinds of routers.

In figure 4 found below you can see how in this example port forwarding will be accomplished. The Private IP Address for the camera (local IP Address of camera) has been entered in as well as a unique name that will be associated with this particular port that is to be forwarded. In this example port 80 will be forwarded for the camera. Please consult with the manufacturer of your camera for details on what port(s) will be forwarded. Some IP Network Cameras require more then one port to be forwarded in order for you to obtain all the features the camera has to offer. You will also be presented with an option to select a Protocol to be to be used. Common options found are UDP, TCP or Both. Your router may have additional options. In most cases you will need to select the protocol option "Both". This will associate both UDP and TCP protocols to the port(s) being forwarded. In this example we with click on the Apply button once all required information has been entered.

Fig. 4 - Port Forwarding

After the settings have been saved within the router's configuration you should be able to see this information displayed in a list. There may be other entries in this list already by default. Figure 5 details what may be seen in this list. As you can see, there is an entry at the bottom of the list for "IP Network Camera".

Fig. 5 - Port Forward Application List

Step 4 - Accessing your IP Network Camera over the Internet
Now that you have configured port forwarding on your network's router to allow the camera to be accessed over the Internet, you are now ready to attempt to access the camera. We suggest attempting to access the camera from a remote location and not within the local network for confirmation that port forwarding was configured properly. At a remote location you will need to type in the Public IP Address that is provided by you Internet Service Provider (ISP) in order for you to be able to access your camera. Please contact your ISP if you are not sure what your Public IP Address is. You will not be able to access the camera by it's Private IP Address (Example: because the camera's Private IP Address cannot be seen on the Internet and can only be seen within the local network to which the camera is attached to.

In figure 6 found below you can see that a Public IP Address of has been entered from a remote location in order to access the camera. Also, port 800 has been entered in the Address Bar. This particular camera is not using port 80 for access to the camera as was configured in this guide. In most applications port 80 will be forwarded and because of this no port information will be required in the Address Bar when attempting to access the camera. However, there are cases where an IP Network Camera will not use port 80. These cases are usually related to security concerns with using port 80. We suggest contacting your network administrator or the manufacturer of you router to inquire upon the possible security concerns with forwarding port 80. If port 80 is not the port being used you will be required to enter in the full IP Address followed by a colon and the port number used. In this example the full address required to access the camera is

Fig. 6 - Access your IP Network Camera over the Internet

You should now be able to fully access your IP Network Camera from a remote location using the Internet. If you require any additional support for configuring your camera for remote access, we strongly suggest that you contact the manufacturer of your camera, the manufacturer of your network's router or review the detailed guides found on



DLink Router Setup - Static IP Address

DCHP Overview

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a protocol used by routers such as Dlink to distribute internal IP addresses to devices such as computers and DVR that are connected to the network that they manage.  Normally, your Dlink router manages a pool of IP addresses, for example from to  When you connect a surveillance DVR to your Dlink router using an ethernet cable, the router assigns the DVR the next available IP address in the pool. 

The Problem
If you unplug the DVR or there is a power outage, there is no guarantee that the router will assign the same IP address to the surveillace DVR.  This is  problem because you previsouly setup port forwarding to your DVR based on the IP address that was assigned to it.

The Solution
Your Dlink router can be configured to reserve and always assign a certain IP address to your DVR.  This is known as a static IP address.  Follow the below instructions to reserve statuc IP address for your surveillance DVR.

  1. Open your D-Link router's control panel by going to the IP address in a web browser. You will be prompt for a password.  If you did not setup a password on your router, the dlink default password is blank.  Enter admin for the username and leave the password blank.
  2. After you are logged into your router, 1) click on the "Home" tab, then 2) click on the "DHCP" button.  This will display the DHCP server screen as seen below:
  3. 3On the DHCP Server screen, use the screen shot below as a reference and:
    1. Locate the IP address of your DVR (you most likely previsouly noted this from a different set of instructions.  If not, you can also identify your DVR by looking at the MAC address.  In this example, our DVR is the one with the IP address ending in .104
    2. Choose the MAC address of your DVR from the DHCP client dropdown box and press the Clone button.  This will populate the MAC Address and DHCP Client fields.
    3. Select the enabled radio button
    4. Choose a name for your DVR.  This can be anything that you choose and is only used by you to indentify your DVR on the network while in the D-Link control panel.
    5. Press the Apply button.
    6. After your router restarts and your screen refreshes, the static IP settings you made will be saved in the Status DHCP Client List as seen below
    7. dlink-DVR-IP-added.jpg
    8. That IP address is not permanently reserved for your DVR, unless you remove that setting.

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